Are you self employed, running a small business, or working from home?
Health and Safety probably isn’t your highest priority, but it does need to be put into place.
Health and Safety Today is a fresh new way to look at work place Health and Safety for small business owners and people working from home. All information is freely available and designed as bite size chunks for those taking their first steps into the world of Occupational Health and Safety.
At Health and Safety Today, we strive to bring together information, tools, ideas and materials from the broad spectrum of UK occupational health and safety with a clear goal in mind…. To benefit the small business owner, new business starter and anybody with an interest or involvement with health and safety in the UK.
With years of experience in multiple business environments, we’re here to help you de-mystify the seeming minefield of workplace safety and health.
We get how difficult it is to start and maintain a business, or even to start a career in this diverse industry. But our concept is simple. Share the information for the benefit of everyone.
At the end of the day everybody has the right to a healthy, safe place of work, and the law simply expects common sense to be applied to common safety.
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The SIX PACK was a suite of health and safety regulations introduced in 1992 to support the requirements of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.
Although not totally new regulations, they spelled out and beefed up the responsibilities of an employer to comply with the core basics of protecting employees safety and health at work.
By understanding and robustly applying the principles of the SIX Pack, most small businesses and employers will be demonstrating the principles of common sense and protection that the law would reasonably expect to see.
Remember though, the application of any regulation all starts with a Risk Assessment. Without a thorough understanding of the risks to people in your organisation, the regulations are meaningless words.
And, if you employ more than 5 people you must have a written health and safety policy.
The basis of British health and safety law is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Act sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other.
Employers have a general duty under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work. This includes a safe place of work and safe systems of work.
This guidance is for those who have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of people at work or for the safe operation of a workplace.
It provides guidance on the steps to take to try to manage risks without resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE) which should be used as a last resort
These regulations apply to companies that use computer screens and similar equipment. It also gives advice on how to avoid the health risks associated with screenbased work, which can include musculoskeletal disorders, visual fatigue and mental stress.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley.
The PUWER regulations place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. Responsibility is also on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.